Labour Force

Key Indicators

Greenstone is home to a 2,165-person strong labour force with 1,935 engaged in employment. 

Labour Force by Occupation

Illustrated below is Greenstone’s labour force make up by occupation:

  • The trades, transport and equipment operators represent the largest occupational group (21%) in Greenstone.
  • The percentage of the labour force in education, law and social, community and government services, sales and services are also substantial.

Labour Force by Industry


The largest percentage of labour force (by industry) in Greenstone is employed in the educational services, which accounts for 16.4% of the labour force compared to 7.6% for Ontario. The percentage of labour force in the health care and social assistance industry in Greenstone is also high. The following table indicates Greenstone’s labour force experience by industry.

Commuting Flow

The majority (91%) of the Greenstone’s workforce is working within their census subdivision with small portions travelling elsewhere in the district or province.  Only 1% of the workforce is travelling out-of-province for work. The commute for residents of Greenstone is substantially lower than the rest of the province with 33% of the population leaving for work between 8:00 and 9:00 in the morning with 67% of residents reporting a 15-minute commute or less.

General Wages by Occupation

The following table indicates the general average wage rates for occupation categories in Northwestern Ontario. The rates have been derived from entry level job postings.

Largest Employers

[7] Participation rate % = labour force/total population aged 15 and over
Employment rate % = employed/total population aged 15 and over
 Unemployment rate % = unemployed/labour force
[8] Labour force - Refers to persons who were either employed or unemployed.
 Unemployed - Refers to persons 15 years and over, excluding institutional residents, who, during the week (Sunday to Saturday) prior to Census Day (May 16, 2006), were without paid work or without self-employment work and were available for work and either:
 (a) had actively looked for paid work in the past four week; (b) were on temporary lay-off and expected to return to their job; (c) had definite arrangements to start a new job in four weeks or less.
 Participation rate - Refers to the labour force expressed as a percentage of the population 15 years and over excluding institutional residents  -   Employment rate - Refers to the number of persons employed expressed as a percentage of the total population 15 years and over excluding institutional residents.  -   Unemployment rate - Refers to the unemployed expressed as a percentage of the labour force.   [9] Percentage calculated based on all occupations excludes occupation-not applicable [